Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Dragons in my garden Part 2

This is a follow up to an earlier post done on dragonflies found in my home garden. Here I list 10 species.

1. Sombre Lieutenant Brachydiplax sobrina

Sombre Lieutenant

2. Marsh Skimmer Orthetrum luzonicum

Marsh Skimmer

3. Paddyfield Parasol Neurothemis intermedia intermedia

Paddyfield Parasol

4. Amber-winged Glider Hydrobasileus croceus

Amber-winged Glider

5. Sri Lanka Forktail Macrogomphus lankanensis (endemic species)

Sri Lanka Forktail

6. Pied Parasol Neurothemis tullia tullia

Pied Parasol

7. Spine-legged Redbolt Rhodothemis rufa

Spine-legged Redbolt

8. Variegated Flutterer Rhyothemis variegata variegate

Variegated Flutterer

9. Green Skimmer Orthetrum sabina Sabina

Green Skimmer

10. Scarlet Basker Urothemis signata signata

Scarlet Basker

This post is my maiden contribution to the Circus of the Spineless # 32 hosted by Deep-sea News

Circus of the Spineless


GG said...

ooh nice! Reminds me of the time when I used to observe them when I was little.

By the way, their transparent wings have triggered off a lot of research in the field of optics and optical fibres. I know it's a survival thing to have a transparent set of wings, but they've actually got on them an 'anti-reflective coating' so the light doesn't get reflected off the wings, giving them a transparent look. Scientists (including some in my group) are looking at applying this nature's secret to other uses.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant photos, as usual!

Is there a field guide for Sri Lankan dragonflies / damselflies available?

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Sasani,
Thanks a lot! I'm glad that they brought you some childhood memories.

Great to learn that the dragonflies are studied in other disciplines for such serious research. Thanks a lot for sharing that!

Hi Java,
Thanks as always! I'm sure you get a pretty good mix of these at your montane retreat with no doubt a few montane specials.

Dragonflies of Sri Lanka by Matjaz Bedjanic, Karen Conniff, Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne is the best Field Guide around. note: I have left out special characters in Matjaz's name)

Chrissy said...

Wow great photos as usual. :-)

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Chrisss,
Thanks a lot! I am glad you liked them. These were some of the pictures that have come good out of many. Most of the shots taken have to be deleted due to poor focus, lighting & composition.

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Amila - I can only add to the other comments by saying wow, what absolutely stunning phots, Thanks.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi RD,
Thank you very much! I am very happy to hear your comments. Trying to get macro photos of these is quite a rollercoaster experience.

Bea said...

truely fab pics, I can't imagine how you managed to caputre things that move so quickly.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Bea,
Thanks a lot! Taking your comment as a question, it is a bit challenging at the start as you’ve observed. Patient chasing and patient waiting are the keys to success. When I’ve made up my mind to photograph these, I do not let other life forms distract me, which is important. And I often make sure I wear Wellies when I am doing that, as sometimes these insects could take you to ‘unchartered territory’.

ST said...

thank you.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi ST,
You are welcome! Thanks again for the request!

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Ohhh, beautiful! You have so many different types and your pictures are exquisite! I always have trouble identifying them, but I really enjoy seeing them.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Lin,
Thanks a lot!
I am glad you liked them.
The diversity here is quite good.
You’re right; their ID could at times pose trouble even with a good photogrpah and a Field Guide in hand. At such times seeking the opinion of a dragonfly expert is what I do...

Bea said...

wellies sound good as I would predict plenty of mud and leeches! the uk wildlife ismuch less spectacular, but the lack of leeches is wonderful

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Bea,
Right. Wellies work wonderfully to prevent Leech bites provided they are worn with leech socks. I don’t get leeches at my home garden luckily. So, the main reason why I wear wellies over here is to prevent snakes bites. We have Cobra and Russell’s Viper over here! Leeches are a real pain and I am not surprised your sounding relieved about the lack of them over there.

Nora said...

Once again you have come up with some new surprising photos...macros right in your own garden...WOW...I really love the dragons and have tried to photo you say focus, lighting and composition and a good camera operator instead of me would help!! Sorry about your snakes...they sound dangerous.

Cheers Amila. Take care.

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Ocean,
Thanks a lot !
Most birders take a keen interest in Dragonflies nowadays. I am lucky to have a good mix in my own home garden. I started photographing them as a first step to learning their IDs. I am very sorry to hear that you’ve had no luck with them so far despite your efforts. Anyway, something tells me that I will see a dragonfly pic or two at Island Rambles this Spring...

Snakes that we have over here are pretty nasty and I have deep respect for them! Shall do a post on them one of these days...

Mel said...

WOW!!! Amazing pictures, Ami!!!
Over here, people believe that if you find dragonflies flying around in your gardens or backyards (in your house) you'll have visitors (friends or family)
I used to be fascinated by that when I was a child, as they were never common around here but ALWAYS seemed to appear when we had guests!!

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Mel,
Thanks a lot! That’s really interesting that you have such a folk belief in Peru! We have a similar thing relating to vocal crows in home gardens!! Thanks for sharing that.

Texas Travelers said...

Love your birds, bugs, and dragonflies. It's interesting to see the differences and similarities in them.

I have added you to my "Nature Blogs" Blog roll. I like your site a lot. I'll be back later to browse some more.

Thanks for sharing,

Amila Salgado said...

Hi Troy,
Thanks a lot for your lovely comments! I started my interest in these relatively recently and I quite enjoy them.

Thanks a lot for adding my blog to your blogroll. I have reciprocated. I must say that I like your blog too. So, I sure will return to yours too

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